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Mixed reactions trail Keyamo’s appointment as Buhari’s campaign spokesman

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Mixed reactions have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and activist, as the spokesperson of his 2019 Campaign Organisation.

The appointment letter, dated April 16, 2018 was signed by a former governor of Rivers State and Director General of the President Buhari campaign organisation, Rotimi Amaechi.

According to the letter, Keyamo’s appointment would help the president to secure the nomination of his party as its presidential candidate and to ensure the success of the subsequent campaigns for the 2019 presidential poll

Keyamo has been an ardent defender of the Buhari administration. President Buhari had before his visit to the United Kingdom last week disclosed his intention to seek re-election for another term of office in the 2019 general election at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Keyamo, in a tweet yesterday confirmed his appointment, adding that he would make an official statement soon.

He wrote, “With this letter below, I have just been appointed the Director, Strategic Communications (Official Spokesperson) for the President’s 2019 Presidential Campaigns.

“I will be making a formal statement on this much later.”

Reacting to the appointment on twitter, some Nigerians said Keyamo was not fair to the masses he has claimed to fight for, while others said it was a job like every other job.

OrjiUka said: “I have nothing against Keyamo. I am happy his hustling has paid off. But if you hold yourself out as a human rights lawyer, you can’t accept the position of spokesman for the campaign of a government that is known for for rights abuses. Light and darkness have nothing in common. Simple.”

Ine Charles wrote: “Festus Keyamo, if we must rate the government we must rate it based on the circumstances that were met. Nigeria was heading down the drain when Buhari came in. These are facts.”

Another Nigerian, BolaNLee tweeted: “APC football Club are presenting the worst team for 2019 World cup. Amaechi is captain, Keyamo is central defender and Bola Tinubu is coach.”

Also, SKSolaKuti wrote: “Buhari has finally rewarded Senior Advocate of No-Conscience Festus Keyamo by appointing him as spokesperson for his 2019 campaign.”

Also reacting to the appointment, Ogunlewe Moyo said: “Keyamo, appointed as spokesman for the President Buhari’s Presidential Campaign. Now you know his support for Buhari wasn’t based on performance but on his personal interest.”


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